An Unsuitable Occupation for a Lady

Rated 3.50/5 based on 8 reviews
Spying isn't the thing for ladies, but Chiara Brownlee's skills make her invaluable in the fight against Napoleon. Assigned to rescue the Pope with Rafael FitzHenry, she finds that allies can be more dangerous than enemies. He wants her, just not working with him because this is an unsuitable occupation for a lady. More
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Words: 92,900
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466183742
About Jackie Walton

After growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area and marrying my high school sweetheart, we became what Alvin Toffler called "corporate gypsies." We've lived in a number of states and countries, including Italy, and have visited a lot of places, some of which show up in my stories. I'm a retired high school science teacher with degrees in English and psychology. (Those two and $4 will get you a good cup of coffee!) I've always loved history, though, as you might guess from the last chapter of my books. That's what happens when you mix a teacher with a self-professed history geek. We are once again back in the Bay Area with our long, tall Pole of a dog.

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Review by: djfree on Aug. 21, 2013 :
Loved this story! It had all the elements I love- strong male and female leads, interesting plot development of two spy's on a mission for their government, and a 'happily-ever-after'. I don't feel that Chiara's denying wanting to get married and then changing her mind was disjointed after finding out why she originally felt that way, and then meeting her first true love. It made perfect sense to me. To tell you the truth- I'm writing this after re-reading it! Yes, it's true. I opened it and after realizing I'd already read it before- kept reading it. It was that good. The only reason I'm on this site is because I was looking to see if she wrote any more books about the secondary characters, or if she had a website listed so I could write and ask her. And I love the historical facts in the end too. It only made it seem a much more real possibility- even though I realize she must have taken some poetic license with it. This is truly a good story for Historical Romance readers!
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Review by: Jill Hamilton on May 04, 2013 :
Not bad. Not great, but not horrific. There were some typos that would not be found in a spell check - 'if' for 'it', 'know' for 'now'.

It did feel a little disjointed at times - she never wanted to marry to suddenly wanting nothing more than to marry him. There was no path showing what made her change her mind.

There was very little from the hero's perspective, especially at the beginning, so it was a big surprise when he announced his desire to marry. It would've been nice to learn more about him.

It ended so abruptly I didn't realize it was over at first.

I've generally not a fan of sex in my books, and this was forgivable considering they were married when it happened and ended up being a crucial part of the plot. I understand why the second scene was there as well, but I just wish there was a way to tell the story without describing every detail.

Overall it's a good plot and with a little more polish could be a very captivating book.
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Review by: nanette brumfield on Nov. 12, 2012 :
wonderful story!! great book!! i couldnt put it down until i had finished :)
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Review by: hrhsophia on Oct. 23, 2012 :
A true romantic adventure.
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Review by: Anesha Knight on Sep. 12, 2012 :
I enjoyed the story and characters. This book was entertaining.
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Review by: Camilla Goh on Aug. 17, 2012 :
I liked the concept of the story. I also like the fact that the female protagonist can hold her own in a sword fight. But the story got a little bit draggy towards the end.
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Review by: Dyan Harvey on June 02, 2012 :
I have to say i enjoyed this story there were misunderstandings and disagreements between the two main characters and they clashed on the way to do things. If they didn't it would not be very interesting nor would there be any way to see the way they change as the story progressed. Give it a chance and make up your own mind
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Review by: JackieW on April 10, 2012 :
This was so bad I couldn't get through even half of the book! The two main characters are antagonistic with each other for no discernible reason. The heroine is a child and acts like it... there is no way anyone that idiotic could be a spy. The hero is pig-headed, which can be a good thing but here it isn't. He's supposed to be this intelligent, capable spy and yet he insists its his way or the highway even when he is clueless about the situation...even when it is obvious that the heroine is the expert. And, the conversations! My 6 year-old niece comes up with better conversations with her dolls! Don't waste your time.
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